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By Grant Allen

ISBN-10: 1101574933

ISBN-13: 9781101574935

An first-class addition to Penguin's crime classics: the tantalizing story of Colonel Clay, literature's first gentleman rogue.

Wealthy, convinced and good-looking, Sir Charles Van flow spends his time jetting to unique locales along with his spouse and in-laws. yet on one fateful journey to the Riviera, Van flow meets his fit in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the grasp of cover swindles Van glide via 3 continents and poses a significant chance to his South African diamond fortune. Colonel Clay, the infamous con artist and thief, has triumphed. yet who's this grasp of cover, really? First serialized in The Strand in 1896, the adventures that comprise An African Millionaire are generally considered as the 1st to add a legal protagonist and may be greeted enthusiastically by way of lovers and students of vintage crime fiction.

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Nothing, at last, is of value to the villains of the novel—they are the manufacturers, the government, the spouses or the blood relations of their victims—except their own advantage. Dickens writes, then, of a world of social Darwinism and domestic breakdown in which those with power devour those with less or none. While comedic elements are threaded through the fabric of the novel, it is woven mostly of disapproval, disappointment, and dismay. Though Dickens’ separation from his wife, Kate, and his liaison with Ellen Ternan, a young actress, took place years after this book’s writing, it is customary for students of Dickens to assume that he was domestically unhappy at the time of the novel’s composition, the spring and summer of 1854.

No! As wet as a sop. A foot of water in it,” said Mr. Bounderby. “Enough to give a baby cold,” Mrs. Gradgrind considered. “Cold? I was born with inflammation of the lungs, and of everything else, I believe, that was capable of inflammation,” returned Mr. Bounderby. “For years, ma’am, I was one of the most miserable little wretches ever seen. I was so sickly that I was always moaning and groaning. ” Mrs. Gradgrind faintly looked at the tongs, as the most appropriate thing her imbecility could think of doing.

A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over. Thomas Gradgrind, sir—peremptorily Thomas—Thomas Gradgrind. With a rule and a pair of scales, and the multiplication table always in his pocket, sir, ready to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to. It is a mere question of figures, a case of simple arithmetic. You might hope to get some other nonsensical belief into the head of George Gradgrind, or Augustus Gradgrind, or John Gradgrind, or Joseph Gradgrind (all suppositions, non-existent persons), but into the head of Thomas Gradgrind—no, sir!

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